No matter how much you try to take care of your teeth, you may have accumulated some bad dental habits over the years. It is a new year, which means it is the perfect time for positive changes and to try to stick to those new year resolutions. To help our patients, we have listed the 3 bad dental habits we have witnessed a lot of people accumulate over time.
Barely Brushing and Flossing is a Bad Dental Habit
We are taught from an early age to brush and floss our teeth, twice a day, as part of our daily routines. However, as time goes on, we tend to take this less and less seriously. It’s often not until something more severe occurs in our mouths for our teeth or gums that we start taking it seriously again; sometimes it’s too late.
If you find you are simply forgetting to brush and floss daily, try setting alarms for yourself in the mornings and evenings. Brushing and flossing daily needs to be made a priority before it becomes something painful and will cost you a lot of money to fix. You can also set a calendar reminder every three months to replace your old toothbrush.
Rough Brushing is a Bad Dental Habit
You may believe that the harder the bristles are on your toothbrush, the better your teeth will be. However, this actually does more harm than good because it destroys the delicate tooth enamel and pushes back the gums to expose the tooth’s root. This can cause tooth sensitivity.
The way to break this bad dental habit, is to be aware of it when you are brushing your teeth. For your next toothbrush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently. This will continue to protect your teeth and keep your teeth clean.
Too Many Sugary Drinks is a Bad Dental Habit
Not only are sugary drinks bad for your health, many sugary beverages may also be staining your teeth too! Dark-coloured drinks can leave severe stains on your teeth, and sugary drinks can destroy delicate tooth enamel. If you can’t avoid drinking sugary drinks, be sure to drink plenty of water as well to wash away the sugar eating bacteria that causes cavities.
At Palladium Dental, we are more than happy to help you break these bad dental habits you may have gained over time. Good dental hygiene is crucial for your overall health. If you haven’t given us a call yet to book your post-holiday cleanings, call us today. We look forward to seeing your best smiles in 2019 and helping you stay on track with your new year dental resolutions.